Discussion in 'Planning our Happily Ever After' started by Freckledginger, Oct 4, 2011.
Congratulations Ginger, a beautiful bride! Pictures and everything looks great!
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So great to hear from you!! I'm thrilled to be back! Hehe
I was more than happy to write glowing praise on your Etsy page. I can imagine it's a slow start, but I know you'll be successful once you build up a bit of a fan base. One of the DIS brides started a Disney Weddings blog a little while ago (http://www.disneyweddinginspiration.com/). Maybe you could post a tutorial on one of your crafts, e.g. pixie dust or something and then feature photos of your soaps as well? May be a good way to get word around.
I can completely sympathise with you on starting a new job. It's so much new information and you haven't exactly figured out your place yet in the new scheme of things. I've been working for roughly a month now, and I still feel so uncertain with most things. When I'm not seeing patients, I spend my day buried in a pile of veterinary textbooks trying to review the ridiculous amount of information I need to know I know you're doing great at your new position though, and concierge is lucky to have you!
Glad to hear you're behind on your thank you cards too! I still haven't done mine. I'm hoping to start them this weekend, and get them out before Christmas Hehe, I just need to keep repeating that mantra!
Thanks for the compliments, Jillian! You're too nice. The fans were only a little floppy, so it wasn't too much of a defeat, haha. The guests seemed to think they were pretty cute, so I'd call them a success. I think the welcome bags were a bit more popular, but they are definitely more exciting than programs.
I totally agree with you about wave phone numbers! Had I to do it all over again, I would have made a list of phone numbers to distribute ahead of time. We did a makeshift one while onboard and just got it copied at guest services, but I think it could be a really cute DIY to make up a credit card sized list that guests can carry with them. Idea for prospective cruise brides! The wave phone numbers are just the room number + a 1 or 2 at the end. Each room has 2 wave phones, and we passed the word around that guys should take the number 1s and girls take the 2s to make it easier. They're such a fantastic innovation that DCL has added!!
I've gotten my proof photos from Jess!!! YAY!!! So I plan to start my TR this weekend! Very excited! Apologies that it's taken so long, but looking forward to sharing our experiences with you all.
Hope you're having a good weekend, Jillian! Your posts always make my day! Thanks for sticking with me all this time
Thanks so much, Amber!!
Thanks so much, Evi! I appreciate all the compliments. Now that I have my wedding photos back, I am happy I had the extensions. They really allowed me to achieve that long, romantic look that I wanted, which I wouldn't have been able to without them. My only recommendation would be to do research/talk to hair dressers to find the kind that will be best for your hair.
Thanks for posting, Nicole!!
How have you been? Yeah, I don't mean to scare you away from extensions all together. I was very happy with them at the time, but I would just recommend you do your research on the type best for your hair.
Glad you like the tutorial, and knowing how talented you and your fiance are at DIY, I'm sure you could make something 100x more amazing than I did
Thanks Amber! Please feel free to borrow! I think the petal fans are a really cute alternative to the traditional paddle fan programs.
Aww, thank you Lesley That's very kind of you to say. Stay tuned for more photos. I'm going to write the first part of my TR this weekend
Thanks for the advice on the wave phones, I really need to get back to wedding planning/crafts and this would be a great one to start with.
OMIGOSH! I am so excited that you got your proofs and I am dying to see more! Jess is a wonderful photographer from everything I've seen thusfar! I still go through all of my photos and I keep discovering "new" shots that I hadn't noticed before! I got back 1065 photos (I think) so it's a bit overwhelming! I still don't have all of my photos on Facebook! I only have pre-wedding and wedding ceremony/celebration... But I'm still missing the 5 hours of photography that happened after that! One day... one day! I'm still working on those dreaded Thank You's! All of the bridal shower ones are done, and I worked on some of the wedding ones, but I've still got a long way to go! It'll happen in time! This week I headed to JoAnn's (my kryptonite!) and bought about 15 5x7 frames (each for 50% off!!!) and I found a code for 40% off of prints ordered from Walgreens, so I had some family photos printed... I'm going to *try* to get them all sent out to family before Christmas, but it may be closer to New Year's! Maybe that will ease the sting of a tardy "Thank You" Starting a new job really sucks at first, but I'm getting the hang of things! Still learning new things every day, but I'm enjoying myself more now! So I know that you'll get there too- though your job seems a LOT more complex than mine I think my husband would make a good vet, so I keep trying to drop hints that he should try going to school for that! We're at that point where one or both of us need to go back to school scared: I hate school) especially since Michael only has a month left at his spa job since Disney's buying out the company he works for. But anyways, things are going well over the Holidays! We bought and set up our first Christmas Tree (got lots of ornaments from the Christmas store @ Downtown Disney!!) and we just bought a pretty new 46" LCD TV and did some rearranging in our living room... exciting things! Sending you pixie dust for a MAGICAL first Christmas as a married couple!
I work with a lot of ladies, all have told me never to get anything more than clip-ins. I'm still considering getting extentions, but after reading what happened to you, I think I will definitely stick with the clip-ins. I have a lot of hair, but it is pretty fine already and wouldn't want to wait for it to become healthy again after the extentions are taken out.....I just don't have that much patience. It is good to know that if I do decide to go with the clip-ins, I may need to look for a different style. Thanks for the information, very good to know!
Im so excited to see your photographs!!
Guess i know what I will be doing this weekend!!!
I apologize this has been so long coming... It feel very guilty about not getting started earlier, but truthfully work has really set me back in the free time department I'm very excited to start my TR though, and hope you all find it fun and informative to read. I'm going to start with our time in WDW, and go through the cruise, so it may be a bit of a longer read.
Without further ado....
Prior to the wedding, Timmy and I had worked out that I would head down to WDW before all the guests arrived (on Wed Oct 24th), so I could have some time to get things organized (make a photo list for the photographer, put the welcome bags together, etc.). My sister/MOH would accompany me on the drive down to FL, and then Timmy as well as all the other guests would arrive on Thurs or Fri. There were some last minute changes though due to domestic flights, so Timmy and his family actually ended up arriving into Orlando on Tues Great to see them early, but unfortunately, kinda took away the time that I was going to use to wedding organization. So Bre, my sister, and I left Alabama early that morning for the drive to Orlando. It's a fairly easy drive (about 8 hours), so we passed the time chatting excitedly about the wedding and listening to Disney music.
I knew my sister had a couple of surprises planned for me that day, but just didn't know what. We arrived into WDW in mid-afternoon and went into the Coronado Springs to check in. My experience with the CS was fairly positive. I had arranged for a room block with them via Disney's Group Reservations, and everything seemed to go smoothly. The cast members were friendly, and all our guests had rooms in the same area of the hotel (Cabanas block near the main building, El Centro). Many of the rooms were right next to each other, but a couple were on the lower level also. It was very convenient in terms of catching up with people, and organizing the group to go to the DP. CS has refurbished the rooms since I last stayed there, and it was a nice update. The rooms were a good size and comfortable. Forgive me, but I didn't take any photos. Whoopsie... Guess it was the craziness and stress associated with the wedding, but I didn't take many photos at all during the entire trip. I'm still waiting for photos from our guests, so once I get those, I'll try to add some to make this entry to the TR less wordy.
At the hotel, I said hi to a very tired Timmy. He had flown straight into WDW from his Bucks/Bachelor Party in Vegas. I haven't heard many details about that trip other than, "Awesome," "Epic," and "Exhausting", but I did come across this photo:
Looks like they had fun
Just as soon as we dropped our bags at the CS, Bre came over to reveal my first surprise: afternoon tea for the two of us at the GF. Yay!! I had never been to the GF before, and always wanted to experience the tea room. Unfortunately, the reservation was in 30 min, so my sister and I did a frantic, Home-Alone like changing into dresses and rushed to the GF.
For those that haven't been, the tea room is lovely. Lots of windows and natural light, elegantly decorated, quiet, and yummy little sandwiches and treats. We decided to go with a la carte, and ordered tea, scones, and strawberries and cream. The scones are delicious. For those who are a lover of lemon stuff (like myself), I highly recommend getting lemon curd with your scones rather than strawberry preserves. Yum!
Strawberries and Cream. Delicious!
The cast member serving our tea asked if we were celebrating anything, and my sister promptly chirped that I was getting married this weekend. The cast member then returned with a gorgeous pink rose and two happily ever after buttons. I was so surprised and thrilled
While at tea, I kept getting texts from guests asking about a little tropical storm called Sandy. Since I was already at the GF, I decided to stop by Franck's to see if I could talk to someone to assail my concerns. It was really neat getting to walk by the Wedding Pavilion; I had seen so many photos of it in WDW brides photos, and it definitely was just as pretty from the outside in person.
Couldn't resist doing the traditional Franck's photo
Inside, I spoke to a receptionist and explained who I was. She was very nice, and immediately stopped a passing planner to chat with me about the incoming weather and my DP on Friday. The planner said that DFTW does not make a decision regarding venue change until as late as possible on the event date. With DP at GF, the food and drinks would be moved into Whitehall, but we would still go out into SCP for the fireworks showing. My DP contract had detailed all this information also, but it felt nice hearing it from a live person, and based on the reports she had heard, she had a feeling the DP would proceed as planned The receptionist then called Meredith, who was as lovely as always, and we discussed how Sandy would impact the DCL component. She said it takes a MAJOR event for them to cancel a cruise, so the cruise would definitely still be embarking as scheduled. As far as the wedding was concerned, everything would be done to get to CC, and a decision would only be made to move it indoors if the ship could not dock at CC +/- torrential downpour that day. Meredith emphasized that they do everything to keep the wedding as you envisioned it to be, so they wait until the day of the wedding to make these decisions.
Feeling much better as we left Franck's, Bre and I ventured outside into the rain (a preview of what was to come, I guess) that had started and hurried back to the car.
Back at the CS, I greeted some of Timmy's immediate family and friends that arrived. It was so fantastic/surreal to walk around the resort, hear an Australian accent, and realize I knew that person/they were here for our wedding.
After changing into dry clothes, Bre revealed her second surprise to me: dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse! Coming from a ranching background, one of my favorite meals in the whole world is a well-prepared steak, and The Yachtsman does a great one. We slipped into some warmer clothes this time, and drove out to the Yacht Club. I really love this resort (probably my second favorite behind the WL), and the whole atmosphere of the Boardwalk. I must say how handy it was to have a car during our time in WDW before the cruise. It allowed us to zip between resorts and parks when needed, and for our guests to pick up things prior to the cruise--for example, the boys did a big booze run to the liquor store prior to the cruise, and a bunch of people went Halloween costume shopping.
At the Yacht Club, Bre and I walked around a bit before our dinner reservation. It was really nice to have this whole day just to us sisters. Disney World is a special place for us both, so to have private time to reflect on our trips there, and have a couple quiet moments with just the two of us was great. Definitely something I'd recommend doing, if time allows, with your siblings +/- parents. Everything gets so busy during the cruise, and you're constantly trying to make it around to spend time with everyone, that you don't get very many intimate moments with people you tend to see more often.
Dinner at the Yachtsman was fantastic, but we were still a bit full from tea, so we ended up taking part of our meal takeaway (breakfast the next day! Thank you refrigerators at CS!)
We then headed back to the CS and straight to bed as we knew the next day was going to be a big one!
Next Installment: TR Day 2: Running the Gauntlet at WDW and MNSSHP
Our wedding was featured on Magical Day Weddings today! http://magicaldayweddings.com/disney-cruise-wedding-photos-ginger-tim/
Super exciting, and really made my day. Thanks so much to all the amazing DIS friends who commented on the blog and Facebook. You ladies are too lovely for words and I so appreciate your support =)
How exciting to have your wedding featured! Plus, what a great way to share how wonderful the DCL is when it comes to wedding! I am so awed at how great your pictures came out. I hope our photographer can come up with some of that. Lol!!! Your Day 1 report sounds fun and busy. I have never been to the tea room at GF, so I loved those pictures! What a great idea to get away from the planning for a bit and relax.
Can't wait for the next installment!!
So exciting to see you featured on Magical Day Weddings! I knew once I saw it on facebook that you must've relayed it to here... Lo and Behold! I even got day 1 of your TR! So excited to see and read more
Looking forward to reading the rest of your trip report. Your pics are phenomenal. I'm glad to see they were featured.
That's so exciting that you were featured on Magical Day Weddings. The pictures are amazing! I am loving your TR and looking forward to the rest.
This is so exciting, I can't wait to read more!
Agggg I was a little bit behind on your thread, so I came to catch up, read the first installment of the TR, and then I figured out that's all you had done! I was so engrossed and then so disappointed in a matter of like 10 seconds. Can't wait to read more!
Really enjoying the TR so far! I love that you and your sister had so many fun moments together. The afternoon tea sounds absolutely lovely, and something I'd love to try some day too!
I saw the feature on Magical Day Weddings and your photos are spectacular! Everything looks amazing!!!
Looking forward to reading more!
Hi Lovely Ladies!!
Happy New Year!! So excited for all the 2013 brides! Cannot wait to see photos and read about all of your big days! I apologize for the sporadic nature of my PJ/TR. I've been working 60 hour weeks at work lately, and I come home absolutely exhausted. I feel terrible for not keeping up with all of you on here regularly, but I appreciate your continued support. Eventually, I'm hoping things will relax a bit, and I can resume my regular posting/reading of your PJs.
I don't mean to scare anyone off with my experience. I loved having extensions for the wedding, and was definitely happy with the result for the wedding. I just wished I had done a bit more research prior to getting them (as my hair is pretty average now post-extensions), and considered other alternatives. I think it really depends on your hair type, but if you have somewhat fragile hair like I do, clip-ins may be a better option... I've been taking Biotin like crazy, so I'm hoping my hair will start to thicken up again soon.
Hi Jillian!! Congratulations fully fledged Concierge Cast Member!! Very proud of you! I know all the guests will adore you!
I'm super excited to have all my proofs! I've gone through them a couple of times, and it's so fabulous to relive the day. One of our friends made an amazing video of the day, and that's really cool to look at. She taped a lot of moments throughout the cruise as well as the wedding day, and is having one of her friends edit it into a DVD. As soon as that gets spliced together, I'll definitely share. When I was planning, it definitely helped to see DCL ceremonies on YouTube. It let me see the pacing for the day, and was integral in how we timed our music.
I too am still working on Thank You cards. I've stolen your magnet idea , so in additional to the cards, I'm going to include the group photo of everyone on magnets. Hope to get it all done this week--cross your fingers for me.
Glad to hear you and Michael had good holidays! New TV is always exciting! I've been in a movie kick lately, so we've been going to the theater almost every weekend. It's a fun date; the movie theater near us has comfy seats that recline a bit and offer dinner options, so we usually go for a matinee and make an afternoon of it. Just saw The Hobbit yesterday. Definitely recommend! Not quite LOTR standard, but impressive in its own right and entertaining.
Have you spent much time in the new Fantasyland yet?? I'm dying to visit! My 30th birthday is in August, so maybe I'll have to plan a trip down to WDW
My pleasure Yeah, the wavephones are brilliant, especially for a big group. I don't know how we would have organized meetups without them. A list will be a big help for your guests!
Thanks Courtney!! It was a super pleasant surprise! When I first started researching Disney and DCL weddings, The Disney Wedding Blog aka Magical Day Weddings was a staple. I cannot tell you how many times I've been through the other DCL brides images on that site, so it was very flattering to join them. I'm sure your photographer will do an amazing job, and I cannot wait to see your photos!!
The tea room is definitely a fun experience for those who want something girly and intimate. Usually I immerse myself in Disney craziness when in WDW, so it was nice to do something a bit more relaxed. Hope your plans are going well!
Thanks Jillian! You wrote the most incredible TR, so I'm not even attempting to follow in your shoes. Hopefully it's not too boring to read
Thanks Evi!! I was very flattered that our wedding was featured, but I'm more so happy for Jess. She is an incredible photographer and a huge Disney fan, and I hope this increases her exposure amongst DFTW brides.
Thanks Jodi!! I so appreciate the compliments. I have a couple patient files that I wasn't able to complete on Friday because we got slammed (had a couple of procedures and a kidney failure cat come in), so I've got to finish those today, but I'm hoping to work on Part 2 tonight or tomorrow morning.
Thanks so much, Amber!! I appreciate you following along! Not too much longer till your big day!!
Haha, Christie, I know the feeling. I'm also behind in everyone's PJs. It'll be nice when I get a chance to catch up because I know there will be tons of amazing things for me to swoon over Hopefully I'll get the next part out soon. It's going to be a synopsis of my day in Disney World and meeting the famous Jillian, and then to the DP!!!
Thanks so much, Nicole!! It was a really great day for she and I. Definitely recommend the tea if you can fit it in. It would sorta fit with the vintage vibe of your wedding, although kinda wrong geographic area and time period. Haha, maybe it doesn't exactly fit, but still would be fun to do as an outing with a few ladies that you're close with.
Ginger, I LOVE being concierge! The Front Desk was alright, but people don't really WANT to check in, they HAVE to check in. I feel like it was more business than anything. And where I still do everything the Front Desk does, people usually come up to the concierge excited to PLAN their vacation. Talking about the parks and dining and tours and recreation! So much to do! I felt like I already knew SO much about Disney... until I became concierge! There is SO much I still need to learn!! One day at a time, I am definitely in a constant state of learning!
How exciting! When you get your video, I'd like to see it! (I'll probably cry, too! lol) I wish I could've been there! I wish I could be a fly on the wall of all of these lovely DIS weddings!!! I feel so weird on video, so I wasn't too keen on the idea of having a videographer... I don't really like to watch myself on tape or hear my voice the way everyone else hears it... I think someone on my husband's side has video of ours... It would probably be funny to watch Captain Henry tell Michael that it wasn't time to Kiss the Bride yet!
I'm glad you stole my magnet idea! I might be crazy, but I like the idea of being on my friends' & family's refrigerators! I just did two different photos of use with "Mr & Mrs Pariona Thank You" and alternated them through the cards. Over the holidays I also stumbled upon a 50% off frames sale, so I bought about 15-20 and printed out 5x7 photos to send to most of my guests... unfortunately after that (and Christmas) I kinda ran out of fundage... so I still haven't sent them out yet! OH! And I love dine-in theaters! Are they all as expensive as the AMC at Downtown Disney? Gosh, it's so expensive, but I LOVE it! Michael and I saw Les Miserables the day after Christmas with one of our friends at the dine-in side. Great movie! I haven't gotten to see the Hobbit, though... I'll be honest, I only saw the first two LOTR movies! But when I was little, I remember my brothers and I getting comfy in my parents' room and my mom read The Hobbit to us (not that I remember anything about it now!) but I should probably go see it!
Get this... I haven't seen the New Fantasyland at all! The last time I was there it was open only to those who had gotten wristbands for the preview and the closest I got was to the outer castle walls! BUT now that the marathon just finished, it's FINALLY gotten to be slow, so hopefully I'll have time to get to the parks ASAP! I have a scheduled "safari day" with 2 of my other new concierge cast members and we're just spending the day in resort clothes going from resort to resort and *hopefully* to New Fantasyland, too! I had the idea that we should go to Be Our Guest for lunch since we're ALWAYS getting questions about it! This day is all about "product knowledge". I'm so glad I work somewhere where I love the product! If you come down here in August, I definitely want to see you again! It'll be nice to chat when you're not so pre-wedding stressed!
Thanks for the compliment on my TR. I feel like mine was very long winded, though! I just wanted to be thorough both for those who read it, and also for when I go back and read it- maybe I'll remember more that way! I think yours will be just as good and as always, I'm super excited to read more! AND to see more pictures!
Aww, you called me famous! You've gone and made me blush! I don't know if I'm as famous as I am slightly obsessed and just post a lot!
No worries, you didn't scare me off really. I was very happy to know your experience. I've actually done quite a bit of research (youtube videos and whatnot) and, while I do take biotin everyday (my nails are growing like crazy!!), I do also have fairly fragile hair. As it is I have had to stop using heat and products most days of the week just to get it to grow. I think the clip-ins will be my best option. I do, absolutely, thank you for your honesty!
oops, sorry, posted on the wrong board. I am so so sorry, I was trying to post on the brides board. :/
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